NCR Today: Pope Francis has called for development of the role of lay people in the Catholic church, saying they cannot be considered “‘second class’ members” after priests and religious.
A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.
"When children at the dinner table are glued to the computer, or the telephone and do not listen to one another, they are not a family, they are retired," the pope said Wednesday during his weekly general audience.
The bishop of Wichita, Kansas presented a report on Fr. Emil J. Kapaun to the Congregation for Saints' Causes a week after the 65th anniversary of his North Korean capture.
Pope Francis wants to visit the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa as well as the Auschwitz concentration camp when in Poland next year, said Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Pope Francis on Sunday, Nov. 8, described the leaking of confidential Vatican documents as a “deplorable act” that will not stand in the way of his ambitious reform agenda.
Comboni Fr. Moses Otii Alir recounts recent violence around Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Bangui where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Nov. 29-30.
Despite continued instability and outbreaks of violence in the Central African Republic, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will spend about 33 hours in the country during a Nov. 25-30 visit.
The Vatican on Nov. 2 announced the arrest of two people in connection with the alleged theft of confidential documents, the first such case since the “Vatileaks” scandal.
Pope Francis Oct. 30 criticized conservative clergy and bishops who he said had defamed slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980.
The pope departed from his prepared address to a group of visiting Salvadorans to deliver unusually pointed remarks about the past detractors of Romero, who was beatified last May in El Salvador, putting him a step away from sainthood.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said an apostolic exhortation on the family following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops could be released soon. Synod fathers requested it.